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Dennett's Masterwork: Evolution of the Mind
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KC Jones

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Philosopher of science and author, Daniel Dennett

Daniel C.Dennett is a prolific author of books about the mind, consciousness, and evolution.Steven Rose, a neuroscience writer and friend of Dennett, has reviewed his latest book.

Dennett is both a renowned philosopher and an expert on cognitive science.He draws on both disciplines in his writings about the philosophy of science and of the mind.

Steven Rose, co-authored of Can Neuroscience Change Our Minds? reviewed Dennett's self-proclaimed masterwork, Bacteria to Bach and Back, which he facetiously calls "an infuriating book" for its repetition, its frequent self-indulgent tangents, and its references to Dennett's other works.

Rose concedes that the primary argument of the work is worth studying, apart from its apparently borderline-narcissistic delivery, for its sheer profundity.This argument, Rose says, is the idea that "mind and consciousness are no more and no less mysterious than other natural phenomena, such as gravity." The book suggests there are no hard problems in exploring the evolution of minds.

The right physical and chemical conditions, according to Dennett, permit natural selection—which Dennett repeatedly characterizes as an intelligent designer to an almost hypocritical extent in light of Rose's mention that the writer is all-encompassingly at odds with creationists—to evolve large-brained organisms with the objective of better housing and facilitating the mind itself due to the mind being arguably the core of the being apropos the absolute dependency on communication, social interaction, cooperation and competition.

Rose predictably questions Dennett's negligence of neurologist Antonio Damasio's work and thoughts, but ultimately maintains that Dennett's book is a thought-provoking read worthy of his legacy as a philosopher of the mind and science, yielding to a perspective of the human being as an unconsciously intelligent designer increasingly dependent upon the artificial intelligences we have invented—little more than the latest and most rapidly evolving adaptation.

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